Italian Naval Officer's Dress Sword and Scabbard: San Giorgio

Place Africa: North Africa, Libya, Cyrenaica, Tobruk Area, Tobruk
Accession Number REL/11636
Collection type Technology
Object type Edged weapon or club
Place made Italy
Date made Unknown
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Italian Naval Officer's Dress Sword and Scabbard. The solid brass half basket guard has an Italian crown over a fouled anchor as a cartouche badge and a fold down clip to attach to the scabbard on the back edge. The brass backstrap pommel is a lions head and mane and the grip is white fishskin bound with brass wire. The straight blade is etched for half the length with a floral pattern incorpoating trophies of arms, the Italian eagle on the right and the Italian coat of arms on the left. The forward section on the right side of the blade is hand engraved "SAN GIORGIO" TOBRUCH JAN 1941. The black leather scabbard is mounted with an embossed brass chape, locket and centre strap hanger band. The chape has an anchor in an oval on the front.

History / Summary

This sword was captured at Tobruk in January 1941.